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Huge Marine Corps carved presentation plaque & painting

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These came from a Marine who received a Silver Star, 2 Purple Hearts, and Legion of Merit and Bronze Star with combat V's in Vietnam.

The first piece is carved into mahogany that is over 1 inch thick and 36 inches high (see photo of it with a dollar for size comparison). It weighs perhaps 50 lbs.

It was no doubt carved in the Philippines and was presented to this Colonel when he left his command of Batallion Landing Team 3/1

 

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When I first saw a photo of this I thought it was maybe 14 inches high. Turns out it is about 36 inches, but it is a painting and weighs a whole lot less than the carved pieced above.

 

In person the painting has a lot of dimension.

 

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Some artist notes from the back of the painting:

 

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Some more info about this Marine found online:

 

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Wow! Talk about the ultimate wall hangers!!!


Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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Those are amazing pieces of craftsmanship and an outstanding Marine as well.


RIP Molly...Oct. 2000 - July 2013 For 13 years you have been my best friend and companion, giving love and asking only for love in return. May you rest now, free from your pain. I will miss you girl, and will keep you in my heart forever....the sweetest dog and best friend ever! I'll see you again one day.


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turns out it does not weigh 50 pounds, it weighs 32 which is still plenty heavy for a wall hanging



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This may give a better idea of the scale of the carving (the horns are wood, but the head seems to be hollow, made from what I don't know:

 

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The braces on the back are themselves big hunks of mahogany needed to prevent warping.

 

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Luckily a local collector buddy is buying this so I don't have to worry about packing it - that'd be a job and a half.



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Really neat. But it isn't a wall hanging. It's a wall all by itself!

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